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Staff Face Redundancy At Barnsley Car Parts Factory

Monday October 7 2013

UP to 150 workers at a car parts manufacturer are facing redundancy over the next year.

Staff at Japanese-owned Koyo Bearings Europe on Dodworth Industrial Estate were told of the job losses on Tuesday.

A notice was displayed in the factory, claiming the company had suffered losses of £23million over the last couple of years.

The firm - which opened in 1991 - employs 360 who work a three-shift pattern, although this is now expected to be reduced to two.

Workers, some with more than 20 years' service, said the news was a 'bolt from the blue'.

One said he was 'gutted' at the prospect of losing his job.

The cuts are expected to hit all levels of staff from management down, with the first to go being around 45 agency staff.

Richard Bedford, of trade union Unite, said it's thought the work will be transferred to one of the firm's plants in Romania.

"This is terrible news for the workers, their families and the South Yorkshire economy," he added.

"The nature of the automotive sector is that the car giants dictate the prices that the company sells its products to them and the consequence of that is the loss of jobs at the Barnsley plant.

"We want an urgent meeting with management to discuss the financial health of the company and how any job losses can be mitigated.

"These are highly skilled manufacturing and engineering jobs that Yorkshire and the UK can ill-afford to lose."

A spokesman for Koyo said they would not be commenting.

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Reply Posted by Terry on Monday October 7 2013 at 12:10
Yet MORE work being moved over to Eastern Europe, and more of our skilled workers being told they are not needed. This is why the UK Economy is SO dam reliant on the Finacial sector as the other Jobs that we were once world wide know to be the best at have now all gone.

Reply Posted by me on Monday October 7 2013 at 13:45
work being move to eastern Europe and eastern Europe people moving over here. barmy init.

Reply Posted by CS on Monday October 7 2013 at 15:46
Its another example of it being cheaper elsewhere to manufacture things. Lower the cost to build over here and companies will start coming back. Simple economics. Something has to be done.

Reply Posted by observer on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:24
yep typical. the management "should" be made to comment. this is what frustrates people. asd for moving to Romania. its our fault fir allowing it to happen. same with h.p brown sauce. its moved to Holland I understand. this is a simple one. don't buy it. they will then realise how much it hurts. same with the car parts koyo. if you know of a car which takes koyo parts don't buy it

Reply Posted by FAWKES on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:51
I agree .Its about time this country started to look after itself inside of bending to everyone else needs " Buy British and British jobs for British workers"

Reply Posted by Collet on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 21:06
Enough to make you cry foreign countries set up shop here when things are cheap,then move on some where else when it suites and they don't bat an eye at any bodies hardships what an Effing country we are becoming,Industries moving out Immigrants claiming benefits moving in.?

Reply Posted by koyo worker on Saturday October 12 2013 at 11:05
I am sure when koyo starting out in Barnsley,the government helped them financially,when the money runs dry,guess what,koyo move on,there will do the same again,there will be a financial reward for there move,romania will fund the move,do give a shit about us.

Reply Posted by FAWKES on Thursday October 10 2013 at 21:06
Whats betting these poor 150 will be slagged off by people in a few weeks for being doley scoungers who don't want work.Well thats the line you lot believe from the tory press isn;t it ?

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Saturday October 12 2013 at 09:59
You would be hard pressed to find a vehicle without koyo bearings in it they supply to most manufacturers

Reply Posted by LOL on Sunday October 20 2013 at 11:43

Reply Posted by as well on Sunday October 20 2013 at 11:56
LOL..what complete crap,,,CAPS LOCK ON..FOOL

Reply Posted by as well on Sunday October 20 2013 at 18:25
hes back LOL the fool with all the silly and pointless comments,go and grow a brain,,CAPS LOCK